Rating: 4 of 5My review for Thor The Dark World is up.
I don’t know if it’s the presence of Joss Whedon or the increasing pressure from the fans to release a movie about a female superhero but it’s interesting (and encouraging) to see Marvel giving their female characters such integral roles in their movies since The Avengers. And not only are they so important to the story, they’re very strong roles and strong characters. Not just in fight scenes (though there is one awesome fight scene one of the girls gets) but also in the substance of their character. It’s interesting to see what Jane bears in this story and to have Thor recognize it. And for both Odin and Thor to acknowledge the influence the women they love have on them (mostly, sorta, whatever you’ll get it when you see it).
These movies are all about powerful men, tailor made for young men, crafted from the substance of their fantasies. And it’s really cool that strong women are such an important part of them.